Kate Silverton uncovers the story of the English schoolgirls who were captured by pirates off the China coast, and later ended up in a Japanese concentration camp with Eric Liddell.
In 1935, the SS Tungchow was taken over by a dozen Chinese pirates as it emerged from the Yangtse River. They were expecting a cargo of gold bullion but instead found three lady teachers and seventy British missionaries' children, on their way to Chefoo boarding school on the North China coast.
This is an extraordinary tale, and it's told by those who were there:
Producer Beth O'Dea
First broadcast on BBC Radio in March 2010.
The schoolgirls captured by pirates in 1935, then interned in the war, tell their stories.